Last week in the bulletin for the St.
Augustine Church which is the
Catholic Student Center for the University of Florida.
MAGDALENE PLAY AT ST. AUGUSTINE!!
St. Augustine is pleased to sponsor a very special theater presentation
on the first Friday of Lent, February 8, 2008. This will be
an original play providing a perspective on Jesus life, death, and
resurrection as seen through the eyes of Mary Magdalene. In
the play, an angel appears to tell Mary Magdalene her life on earth is
near its end, and she offers her reflections on what she has come to
know of Jesus and the early Christian community. It is a
one-woman production by Thelma Ann Jones who has traveled across the
United States and Europe. Read more about the production on
the bulletin board across from the office. Tickets are on
sale in the parish office for $5.00 per person. This will be
only, and promises to be a unique way to begin our Lenten
season! Buy your tickets now! Child care will be
provided in the main nursery.
This week this blog reports that
bulletin is a notice from my bishop Victor Galeone.
Bishop Galeone has decided that the
Magdelene Play should be canceled. In his opinion, certain lines of
the monologue call into question the Churchs position on two
sacraments. Accordingly, such a performance in a Catholic setting would
be a counter-witness to important Church teaching.
I don’t know what exactly what was in the
script since there is really no information available about this play,
but you can probably guess since the hosting parish is not exactly
known for orthodoxy and their celebration on the feast day of St. Mary
Magdelene is a hotbed of women’s ordination supporters. Regardless
thanks to Bishop Galeone for stepping in.